Feed your family for less than £1.25 a serving with these cost-busting plant-based meals

As 2023 gets off to a start, January is the perfect time to make a change to your life. As a result, for many, it marks a time to overhaul their diet – more than 629,000 people across the globe taking part in Veganuary last year alone.

Whether you’re wanting to adopt a completely plant-based diet, or are simply looking to eat fewer animal-based products, going vegan isn’t as difficult as it may first seem. What’s more, ditching animal products is far from expensive.

So, what are you waiting for? Cook up a plant-based feast for all of the family, from as little as £1.25 a serving with these delicious dishes…

Mexican bean and spinach nacho crumble

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 corn on the cob, kernels removed
  • 250g frozen diced butternut squash
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 260g spinach
  • 100g tortilla chips, roughly crushed


Cost to make: £1.25 per serving

Kale and carrot spelt pilaf

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped or finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 250g spelt
  • 800ml vegetable stock
  • 50g sultanas
  • 250g kale
  • Salt and pepper
  • Coriander to garnish


Cost to make £1.05 per serving

Spicy spinach fried rice

Ingredients (serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side dish)

  • 200g long grain rice
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 corn on the cob, kernels removed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1⁄4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 260g spinach
  • Salt and pepper


Cost to make: 70p per person (as a main)

For more recipes go to discovergreatveg.co.uk


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